Cisatracurium (Injection)

Introduction

Cisatracurium (sis-at-ra-KURE-ee-um)

Relaxes your muscles during surgery or intubation (having a tube put into your throat).

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Nimbex

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to cisatracurium or benzyl alcohol.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using aminoglycoside antibiotics (such as amikacin, gentamicin, streptomycin, Amikin®, or Garamycin®), doxycycline, minocycline, tetracycline, Minocin®, or Vibramycin®. Tell your doctor if you are using bacitracin, clindamycin, colistin, lincomycin, polymyxins, or sodium colistemethate.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using medicine for heart rhythm problems such as procainamide (Procanbid®), or quinidine (Quinidex®). Tell your doctor if you are also using lithium, magnesium, or anesthetics (numbing medicine).
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using medicine for seizures such as carbamazepine (Tegretol®) or phenytoin (Dilantin®).

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have a muscle disease such as myasthenia gravis or myasthenic syndrome.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • High fever.
  • Lightheadedness or fainting.
  • Slow heartbeat.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Mild skin rash or itching.
  • Warmth or redness in your face, neck, arms, or upper chest.
  • Weakness or pain in your muscles.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

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